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4.2.3 No incorrect beliefs about AIDS - AIDS cannot be transmitted by supernatural means
Program Area: Knowledge 
Definition: The percent of respondents who reject the misconception that HIV/AIDS can be transmitted by supernatural means. 
Numerator: The number of respondents who correctly respond that the AIDS virus cannot be transmitted by supernatural means. 
Denominator: Total number of respondents. 
Measurement Tools: UNAIDS general population survey; DHS AIDS module; FHI BSS; MICS (UNICEF). 
What It Measures: If people believe that AIDS can be transmitted by supernatural means, they may not be persuaded that valid means of AIDS prevention such as condom use or having sex only with one uninfected partner are in fact effective.  
How to Measure It: In a prompted question, respondents are asked if AIDS can be transmitted by supernatural means. To enter the numerator for this indicator, a respondent must reject the possibility of transmission by supernatural means. The denominator is comprised of the number of respondents to the question.  
Strengths and Limitations: Measuring the prevalence of the belief that AIDS can be transmitted supernaturally helps IEC program planners address an attitudinal obstacle to effective prevention. 
Use of Indicator:  
Tools: Surveys (UNAIDS, DHS, FHI, UNICEF) 
SSO Code:  
UNGASS: No 
The President's
Emergency Plan:
No 
OVC: No 
MDG: No 

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